Thanks to a good weekend, I was able to get an order in place for yarn cones to start arriving — probably NEXT Tuesday or Wednesday. There is ONE cone each for Phydlbitz Sock and Primo Lace, and THREE cones for Knitterman’s Fingering, and Knitterman’s Lace.
Granted, my life would be so much better to have ten or more of each type of cone actually in-house, so I could more quickly fill everyone’s orders, and then restock at the back end, instead of waiting for yarns to show up in order to do your custom dye jobs. But that day will come.
If my supplier continues as in the past, they will get the combined orders out by tomorrow, and I will get them here in-house by next Tuesday or Wednesday. It will take a day or so to turn all those cones into hanks and then I can start dyeing on Thursday or Friday.
In the meantime, knowing that yarn is on the way, it’s a great time to put in your orders for special custom dyes. Any yarn not claimed for those who bought cones or purchased as a custom dye, will be dyed up as Blog Reader Specials in order to quickly replenish more stock and continue paying on what seems like a perpetual stream of bills coming due.
I’ve also posted a sneaky on the Custom Dyes page.
One Week 15% Refund Special
Valid through Sunday, 5 May 2013, for all yarns that are ordered on the “Surprise Me!” colorway option, I will refund 15% for those yarns. It will be treated as a blind “Blog Reader Special”.
I haven’t figure how to change the price of just one colorway, but if you select “Surprise Me” for any yarn base, I will count it as a blind Blog Reader Special, and will immediately refund 15% of the purchase price for that order. That means you get a surprise colorway on the base yarn of your choice, and I get to dye a Blog Reader Special without the additional work of special skeining and presentation photographs. Less work for me means a discount for you.
“But, Ray, you don’t do special presentation photos on the other colorways either.” No, but I have to follow the requested recipe and make sure it is done right, which is more exacting than playing with colors and yarns with unrestrained abandon. And some colorways cannot be handled with other colorways, so have to do a separate dye and wash process just so they don’t pick up dyes from other yarns. By doing Blog Reader Specials, if a spot of ‘this’ lands on a strand of ‘that’, it’s all okay. And, actually, that’s how Blog Reader Specials starts — mistakes and bleeding happen and created a yarn not meeting the intended colorway.
Oh yeah, and by taking advance orders on yarns I have already paid for to arrive next week, I will also be able to put money onto other bills this week. But that’s an added bonus purely to retain my sanity a little longer! (I used to keep my sanity in a trunk under the bed; what’s left of it now fits a Pez dispenser, which is handy because I have to dole it out in tiny portions.)